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Primary hopefuls turn in petition signatures to local officials for counting
Local registrars of voters will be busy this week verifying whether petition signatures for candidates seeking to be on the August primary ballot are legitimate.  The certified signatures have to be sent to the Secretary of the State's Office by the 19th for tabulating. 
 
Primaries are needed to determine the November line up in the 5th congressional district, governor, lt. governor, treasurer, attorney general and comptroller races. 
 
Democrats Joe Ganim and Guy Smith sent in signatures for verification as gubernatorial candidates.  Republican businessmen David Stemerman and Bob Stefanowski have submitted petition signatures to be on the gubernatorial August primary ballot.  Shelton Republican Mayor Mark Lauretti fell short of collecting the needed signatures.
 
Several candidates automatically qualified at the party conventions last month to be on the primary ballots.